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Green homes open day

TWO homes in Brae are being opened to the public on Saturday 3 March to showcase how a domestic renewable energy system could work.

Jim Dickson and Phil Ross have agreed to let people in to their homes to see for themselves the effectiveness of heat pumps, wind turbines, solar photovoltaic and hot water panels.

The event is being organised with the help of the Shetland Renewable Energy Forum and Energy Saving Scotland who will be providing advisors to answer questions, particularly about financial incentives and technical issues.

Steven Coutts, of Energy Saving Scotland, said these two properties were amongst more than 20 in Shetland that are part of their ‘Green Homes’ network.

“This is an ideal opportunity to find out first hand how different renewables systems run in real homes, hear about actual costs and savings and get tips and advice that could help you on your way,” he said.

The open day runs from 2pm to 5pm. Both houses are close to Brae Boating Club, Jim Dickson’s standing opposite with a prominent wind turbine outside, while Phil Ross’ home lies further back up the Greenhouls Park cul-de-sac signposted on the main road.

In collaboration with two householders in Brae, the Shetland Renewable Energy Forum and Energy Saving Scotland advice centre are holding an Open House event on the 3rd March from 2pm to 5pm.

More information is available from Steven Coutts on 01595 830 329 or steven.coutts@hi.energysavingscotland.org.uk and from Robin Sampson of SREF on 01595 69 4986 or info@shetlandrenewables.com